Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 14, 2005

Syllogistic Hypocrisy #2

Filed under: — Different River @ 6:22 am

I noted earlier the phenomenon of people an organizations claiming to favor or oppose X because of self-evident principle Y, but not applying principle Y to everything else, and in severe cases not applying principle Y to anything but issue X. The example I gave was NOW opposing women’s rights to control their own bodies, except in the case of abortion.

Here’s another example. The ACLU declares that,”The First Amendment exists precisely to protect the most offensive and controversial speech from government suppression. The best way to counter obnoxious speech is with more speech. Persuasion, not coercion, is the solution.

Then, of course, they sue a school board in federal court to demand censorship of ideas they don’t like.

Clayton Cramer has details here and here.

The ACLU demanded, and the federal judge ordered, the school to remove stickers from biology books stating that, “This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.”

So, the ACLU is now officially in opposed to the public schools promoting open minds, careful study, and critical thinking. If you want to have an open mind, the ACLU apparently thinks you should use it only in private. We can’t have people thinking in public in America, that’s unconstitutional!

(Note also: On it the web page from which the above quote is taken, the ACLU repeats its claim on another of its web pages that the right to free exercise of religion is not in the Constitution, as noted previously.

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